This section contains helpful information to assist persons who have received traffic tickets in Cook County. Explanations on traffic court procedures and policies, the rights of all persons in traffic violations cases and possible penalties for traffic violations are presented. Other important topics covered include reinstating driving privileges in DUI cases and in other instances.
This section DOES NOT contain information on tickets issued for parking violations, red light camera violations and most vehicle equipment violations. To adjudicate cases related to those violations, many municipalities have established administrative hearing programs such as the City of Chicago's Department of Administrative Hearings. If you receive a citation or violation notice for these types of violations, you are urged to read the instructions accompanying the notice before assuming you must come to traffic court to resolve the matter. The rights, procedures and policies in those cases are substantially different from those that apply in traffic court.
The judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County encourage all drivers to:
- ALWAYS BUCKLE UP
- RESTRAIN ALL INFANTS AND CHILDREN
- REMIND ALL PASSENGERS TO BUCKLE UP
- DRIVE SOBER AND AWAKE
- OBEY SPEED LIMITS
- DRIVE DEFENSIVELY
- YIELD TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES
The Municipal Department of the Circuit Court of Cook County hears all non-felony cases alleging violations of traffic laws. The Municipal Department is divided geographically into six municipal districts.
Traffic cases are assigned for hearing in the municipal district where the violation was alleged to occur. Major exceptions to this general rule are cases brought by police agencies which have countywide jurisdiction, such as the Cook County Sheriff's Police. In such instances, cases from multiple districts will be heard at one location to make more efficient use of court resources.
For a list of court locations where Traffic Cases are heard please click here.